Baltimore Museum of Art Announces Additional Programs for A Movement in Every Direction: Legacies of the Great Migration

The Baltimore Museum of Art (BMA) announced three more programs to complement and expand on themes in its major fall exhibition, A Movement in Every Direction: Legacies of the Great Migration. Several artists who were commissioned to make works for the exhibition are participating in these events, as well as community leaders committed to archiving Baltimore’s cultural heritage, and acclaimed musicians Alicia Hall Moran and Jason Moran with author Farah Jasmine Griffin. Details about each event follows, along with biographies for each participant.

Preserving Legacies Panel Discussion
Sunday, November 20 – 2:30 p.m.
Explore the process and experience of preserving the legacies and stories of Black culture through the work of artists and archivists. Participants include Savannah Wood, artist and Executive Director of Afro Charities; Jelisa Blumberg, Creative Director of Black Baltimore Digital Database; Larry W. Cook, artist and Assistant Professor of Photography at Howard University; and Webster Phillips, artist/ archivist and grandson of longtime Baltimore Afro-American photographer Henry Phillips. The discussion will be led by poet and Community Arts Fellow for the Billie Holiday Center for Liberation Arts, Jeneanne Collins.

Free Family Sunday: Needle Felt Your Story
Sunday, December 4 – 2:00 p.m.
Join artist Katherine Dilworth for the next installment of the Pandemic Quilt project. Families are invited to learn the technique of needle felting with the artist and create their own quilt square depicting their own family’s journey.

BMA Violet Hour: Legacies of the Great Migration Artist Talk
Thursday, December 15 – 6:30 p.m.
Exhibition co-curator Jessica Bell Brown moderates a conversation with artists Zoë Charlton, Torkwase Dyson, and Jamea Richmond-Edwards. The discussion will take a deep dive into the impact of the Great Migration of 1951–1970s and explore Southernness, land, belonging, and the development of new works.

Two Wings: The Music of Black America in Migration
Thursday, January 26 – 6:30 p.m.
Following sold out engagements at Carnegie Hall and The Kennedy Center, jazz pianist, composer, and artist Jason Moran and mezzo-soprano and composer Alicia Hall Moran create a special rendition of their acclaimed “Two Wings: The Music of Black America in Migration” performance. Renowned author and scholar Farah Jasmine Griffin will read from her works on the Great Migration, Billie Holiday, and more, as the Morans share their own family lore, both harrowing and inspiring. Weaving together music from rhythm and blues to gospel, classical, Broadway, work songs, rock, and more, the Morans will be joined by some of the most exciting musicians working in Baltimore and beyond.

More information: https://artbma.org

Jamea Richmond-Edwards. This Water Runs Deep. 2022. Courtesy the artist and Kravets Wehby Gallery

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